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But, I Don't Want to Get Bulky!

But, I Don't Want to Get Bulky!

“I don’t want to get bulky”- most women who don’t do CrossFit

I have to admit.  I said this very sentence, and I was currently doing CrossFit.  It is hard to believe, as those who know me know I would rather lift heavy any day of the week!  CrossFit has done so much for women in the area of self confidence.  However sometimes social media portrays us all as ripped women with biceps that would rival most men!  

Does What You Drink Affect Your Health?

Does What You Drink Affect Your Health?

When we think about improving our nutrition habits, we often think about food. However, what we drink can be just as important, and sometimes it can even be what’s holding us back from losing weight or just becoming healthier overall. Paying attention to what we’re drinking every day can help us with finally achieving the body composition changes we want, or even just speed up our progress.

Good Sleep for Better Health

Good Sleep for Better Health

For a lot of us, making sleep a priority is not something we think about much.  We are so busy with our lives, we tend to try to pack our days as full as possible and let sleep take a back seat.  However, sleep is not only important in helping us think and focus throughout or day, it is also extremely important for a healthy and fit body.  Sleep helps us recover from our workouts and work harder the next day and it helps regulate our metabolism to help us keep a healthy weight and body composition.  And maybe most importantly, sleep makes us happier!  Lack of sleep has been associated with depression and seasonal affective disorder. 

Water and Hydration

Water and Hydration

We are mostly made up of water.  About 55 to 60% of our body is water.  In fact, our body composition determines how much water is in our body since different types of cells contain different amounts of water.  For example, fat tissue is about 25% water, whereas muscle tissue is closer to 75% water.  

Getting enough water for your body is important for many reasons, including bringing nutrients to our cells and removing waste, lubricating our joints, and regulating our body temperature.  In order to keep our body functioning well, we need to make sure we properly hydrate and maintain our fluid balance, which is the relationship between the water going into your body and the water going out.

What is the CrossFit Prescription?

What is the CrossFit Prescription?

Greg Glassman is the owner and creator of CrossFit.  When he began, he saw the need for an overhaul of the fitness industry.  He had a group of men and women that he worked with as he was creating his fitness program.  He originally began training them on a schedule of 5 days on 2 days off.  He soon saw a pattern.  By the fourth day fatigue and soreness were setting in and they weren’t performing up to par.  He then switched to a 3 on 1 off schedule.  This seemed to be the best suited for high intensity exercise and was better for optimizing recovery.

Macronutrients: Carbohydrates

Macronutrients: Carbohydrates

Last week we talked a little bit about macronutrients, and specifically protein.  The second of the three macronutrients in carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates are very important to our body.  They are the primary source of immediate energy for all of your body's cells.  There are two main types of carbohydrates, simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Both types of carbohydrates are digested into the most simple form of sugar before absorbed by our body.  However, complex carbohydrates, or healthier carbs, are digested and absorbed much slower than the less healthy simple carbs.  Once they are broken down and absorbed, these sugars are used by our liver to fill energy stores, including powering our brain. 

What is the CrossFit Open?

What is the CrossFit Open?

Many of you have seen CrossFit on television, or posts on social media of people competing in the CrossFit Games.  The road to the games begin with the Open.  The Open lasts 5 weeks.  There is a workout announced each week during the five weeks.  Anyone who registers for the Open will have roughly 4 days to complete the workout and post their score online.  All competitive CrossFitters who will make their way to the games, will complete these workouts and the top scorers will have an invitation to Regionals.  

Macronutrients: Protein

Macronutrients: Protein

If you’ve ever looked into different nutrition options or diet plans, you may have heard of counting macros.  This is a plan where you determine a specific macronutrient count for each of the three macronutrients and then eat the amount of food needed to meet these counts. This is often an effective plan for many people to help them meet their goals, whether it be weight loss, muscle gain, or improved athletic performance.